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I have always imagined that I would build 8020 framed, bamboo-faced overhead cabinets. But I ran across these soft-ish cabinets from Poland and started to rethink that idea. I am seeing a lot of storage pockets inside and out, less head bumping above the bed (although I was thinking about only doing overheads above my feet), and a fast install.

I'd love to hear from folks who have real-world experience with overheads.

The only downside I could imagine would be using the zipper. Maybe not an issue for clothes you only access once in a while? The outside pockets don't seem very deep, even when the snap keepers are undone.

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It was super helpful to hear how everyone uses their cabinets. Since I don't have cabinets, I have been living out of duffel bags. I never considered that I would need to put the clothes in something to pack the van and unpack for occasional mid-trip stays at friends' places and rentals.

I like the packing cube idea. I already do a version of that for my SAR stuff using color-coded mesh draw-string bags.

I have some packing cubes lying around, so I will try that on my trip this weekend.

The pockets look slick but seem like overkill. In practice, I would probably not use them. I intentionally buy packs and work pants with as few pockets as possible because I never remember where I put anything. (That's why I like mesh bags and clear packing cubes). I would spend too much time fishing around the pockets. Plus, they don't seem to hold much.
 

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Oh and another take on this:


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I assume you installed a fastening system - L track or whatever so you can install these types of bags?
I've got some installed on both ceiling and walls and will prolly go with some mule bags.
oh, I slapped some 8020 up there for my evaporator/blower when I started my undernount AC project. I intended to build an overhead cabinet next to it. Somehow, winter appeared and that got back burnered. There’s a good chance I will redesign it though - I’m not married to it. It was my first 8020 project and it seems overbuilt.

These two supports run halfway down the van:

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if I go with the soft cabinets I don’t see a need to make them removable but maybe l-track would still make the job easier.
 

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We have a set in the shop now- they seem like a super high-quality product. I like the structure to the Van der Moon too: it puts the system somewhere between permanent hard sided overheads and the removable offerings like Campo and Van Wife Components.

I will say the duffel-style hanging bags are great for the family to pack individually in the house and bring their packed overhead to the van ahead of a trip.
Great to hear from a pro. The inside shelf looked a little flimsy in the videos, and it almost looked like it was coroplast. Does that seem OK to you? Also, do the pockets seem useful or too shallow?

I would never remove these so the point for me would be ease of install and a little body part protection while moving around in bed. Does this seem to fit the bill based on your experience?
 
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